For Immediate Release: September 29, 2010

Home Inspectors Take Advantage of New Online License Renewals

Raleigh -- Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin is encouraged to see early success after the recent implementation of an online license renewal and payment system for home inspectors.

"This option offers home inspectors more convenience in renewing their licenses, and it increases efficiency for the North Carolina Home Inspector Licensure Board by reducing the time and cost of receiving renewal forms and processing checks," said Goodwin. "The Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal is always looking for ways to better serve our licensees."

To renew online, home inspectors can use a password-protected login on the NCHILB section of the OSFM website to connect to PayPoint, an e-commerce application offered through the Office of State Controller.

Because of an accelerated project-development schedule, the system was active in time for licensees to meet this year's Sept. 30 renewal deadline. More than 217 home inspectors have renewed online, resulting in more than $32,550 in transactions.

"I commend the Home Inspector Licensure Board of the Department of Insurance for joining other agencies in taking advantage of the new online payment application now available through the State Controller's Office" said State Controller David McCoy. "Since electronic payments generally cost less to process than paper transactions, this expansion of our current online payment service is a prudent and practical step, especially given the current budget situation."

In addition to the online renewal capability, licensees can look up records of continuing education credit hours earned and courses attended within the last three years.

For more information, go to this Web site.

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